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Posted By: Alex Kalinauckas  |  05 Jul 2016   |  1:42 pm GMT  |  75 comments

Aston Martin has revealed the AM-RB 001 hypercar it is producing in partnership with legendary Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey and Red Bull Advanced Technologies.

The AM-RB 001 is the result of a collaboration between Newey and Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer.

The duo has worked together to create a functional and comfortable road car that performs “like no road car before it on a race track”, according to Aston Martin’s official statement.

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A total volume of between 99 and 150 AM-RB 001s will be produced at Aston Martin’s factory in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and 25 track-only versions of the car will be built, but that machine is still currently being developed.

Aston Martin’s statement states that the track version of the AM-RB 001 will have a “projected performance of which is in line with that of today’s LMP1 Le Mans sports prototypes.”

When this collaboration was first announced shortly before the start of the 2016 F1 season, Aston Martin’s CEO, Dr Andy Palmer wrote on Twitter that the new car would be “faster than an F1 around Silverstone.”

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While that still remains to be seen, the AM_RB 001 unveiled today has what Aston Martin describes as “truly radical aerodynamics for unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car.”

It is understood that Newey’s input on the aero front means much of that downforce is generated via the car’s underfloor aerodynamics, while Reichman has created a body that has “the unmistakable essence of Aston Martin”, around a lightweight carbon fibre structure.

The AM-RB 001’s full technical specification will be revealed in due course but the car is power by a “mid-mounted, high-revving, naturally aspirated V12 engine with the potency to achieve a 1:1 power-to- weight ratio; 1 bhp per kilo of weight.”

The car also features bespoke suspension and transmission systems that have been designed by Newey and Red Bull Advanced Technologies.

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Speaking about the new hypercar, Newey, who is Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer, said: “I’ve long harboured the desire to design a road car. The formation of Red Bull Advanced Technologies brought me a step closer to realising that ambition, but I believed we should work with an automotive manufacturer.

“Aston Martin was at the top of my list. The synergy between Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin is clear. I knew Red Bull Racing had the ability to handle the pure performance aspects, but Aston Martin’s experience of making beautiful, fast and comfortable GT cars is of great benefit to the project.

“I’ve always been adamant that the AM-RB 001 should be a true road car that’s also capable of extreme performance on track, and this means it really has to be a car of two characters.

“That’s the secret we’re trying to put into this car – the technology that allows it to be docile and comfortable, but with immense outright capabilities”.

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Christian Horner, Red Bull’s team principal, added: “Red Bull Racing has always steered an innovative course in our on-going development of a competitive Formula 1 car.

“The conception and modus operandi of Red Bull Technologies has been to apply our expertise to truly progressive projects and partnerships.

“Our relationship with Aston Martin and the realisation of the AM-RB 001 is pioneering and borne of our synergies and desire to break new ground. The AM-RB 001 is the inspirational product of this collaborative spirit.”

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Reichman described the balance of making the AM-RB 001 fast and yet retain Aston Martin’s usual style as a “challenge.”

He said: “Working so closely alongside Adrian and an organisation like Red Bull Racing is a fabulous experience. By definition the objectives we’ve set for the car ensures there has never been an Aston Martin – or any car, actually – quite like the AM-RB 001.

“The shared challenge has been finding that magical tipping point where we achieve the most efficient engineering solutions and the most beautiful styling solutions without any compromises.

“My personal challenge has been expressing the AM-RB 001’s extraordinary performance and the unique way in which it delivers that performance. Its style reflects its revolutionary nature, while possessing the form and beauty that makes it unmistakably an Aston Martin”.

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patrick lemire

I know it’s small detail amongst the forest of whiz bang technology but I am intrigued by the stealth headlamps. I wonder if the lenses are opaque (under an electric charge) like changeable privacy to translucent home windows.

2

Yep, Newey will win the most ridiculous use of ingenuity prize with this one. What a complete waste of time and resources, big engine in a feather light car…gee that’s never been done before.

3

Looks like a bit of a mash up of P1, LaFerrari and Jag C-X75 with a dash of Huayra thrown in. I don’t dislike it, it’s just a bit too generic for me in such a rarified class. I was hoping for something more radical.

4

I thought the idea of a road legal car being as fast as [or faster than] an F1 car around any track to be laughable. Not laughing now.

I have to assume the car not only changes ride height but also ‘unfolds’ bits of floor for track use, which it can’t use on the road.

In any case, I can’t wait for the forthcoming (I assume) demo run against a RBR F1 car.

5

From reading between the lines there’s nothing to get excited about. The so-called 25 may have LMP1 performance but the rest will be normal enough road goers. However there is just a slim chance of something unique, they may be needing or wanting to keep ‘schtum’ about. Wouldn’t be right to utterly blow out hybrids…. Would it?

6

Subtle new wheels for the next 007 film perhaps?

7

No doubt this will the ultimate collectors car with newey’s name on it! Look out mclaren

8

But where’s the door handle?

9

Would be interesting to see it up against the La Ferrari, P1 and 918!

10

How much????

11

It’s not really pretty is it… That big mouth front and weird open rear just looks odd.

12

Looks a bit like a pagini To me, but looks fantastic all the same. What a creation. Us mere mortels can only but dream.

13
Stephen Taylor

I’m sorry but the design shows no imagination whatsoever but the front looks like a carbon copy of the Pagani Huayra and rear very similar to a Lamborghini Aventador. I really do not like it .

14

@stephen T….simple solution for you…don’t buy one if you don’t like the look!

15

Ah, how lovely! I’d forgotten what it’s like to fall in love! I feel like a 17 year old. I must get the poster for my bedroom wall.

16

Am I the only one, who thinks that modern hyper\ultra\super cars are like smartphones – they become less and less distinguishable and look like a blob with wheels?

I understand reasons for that, but don’t think it is good (especially as the only purpose of such cars is to show off).

17

Anybody figured how you going to in & out?.?

18

Looks a bit like a Zonda. I want it

19

Note how high the nose is, the amount of air being channelled through here and out of the side vents behind the front wheels. The rear diffuser is very wide, steeply angled and starts well forward. There is a lot of ground effect in this vehicle. It may need some level of active ride height control to help seal up the sides. All of this is well within Adrian Newey’s experience going back to the March Indycars and the active Williams.

20

A bit soon to tell the side shots look ok the front looks strange- radical. It resembles a 60’s Mclaren GT somehow. Christian Von Keonigsegg will be watching with interest given the One:1 has achieved 1 bhp per 1kg for 2 years now. Im sure the AM- RB-001’s downforce numbers will be off the charts though both over the top of the car and underneath. Im guessing it would have to weigh around 1200kg on track and maybe no more than 1250kg for the road. If the engine is loosely based on the vulcan which produces about 800 from 8000rpm then a NA V12 would have to spin about 12000rpm to achieve required 1200bhp. (Assuming no hybrid). Cant wait…

21

Nothing to see here, move on. Some concept sketches and an over the top press release. Marketing 101

22

‘. . . faster than an F1 around Silverstone . . .’
Superseded by:-
‘. . . projected performance in line with today’s LMP1 prototypes . . .’

Hype diminishes, performance target becomes more ‘docile and comfortable’.
I like the styling, though.

23

Looks like adrian might have a pagani in his garage

24

Strangely, I’m not really impressed. I’m sure it will tear a hole in time and space, but there have been a whole batch of new super cars recently that can do that and they all look much of a muchness. I think I was expecting something more…unusual from Mr Newey and Co.

25

I imagine the magic of the thing is going to be largely underneath the car. Just look at the head-on shot. Look past the front splitter that almost looks like the front wing mainplane straight off a modern F1 car, and look at the gaping wide open space underneath the car.

26

last week we had a city car on here claiming to be efficient a driver seat in the centre at the front, wasting space with some strange designs claiming to be ground breaking and now we have another track super car shopping for our opinions.
it looks odd from the front but a decent looking side view.

27

Negativity Alert…
Six months from announcement to fulfilment smacks of a design by numbers job.
It doesn’t look pretty from any of the angles and bares no resemblance to any Aston I know.
I true road car capable of extreme track performance?? It’s a single seater…

I’d take a DB7 over this any day.

28

I had the very same thoughts. Probably they know of some other hyper-exclusive Astons, which are unknown to the world? (perhaps they are even from the different reality).

29

I’m thinking this is simply a user friendly V8 RBR with an V12 stuck into it, with second seat and skin.

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